Ralph Moody Eight-Volume Set

Inspiring tales of one boy's western adventure

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  • Author: Ralph Moody

Set includes Little Britches, Dry Divide, Man of the Family, The Home Ranch, Mary Emma and Company, The Fields of Home, Shaking the Nickel Bush, and Horse of a Different Color: Reminiscences of a Kansas Drover.

Here's your chance to add to your collection of timeless books. This eight-volume set will undoubtedly be a wonderful addition to the books you already own.

If you already own one (or two) of our Core programs that include books by Moody, (specifically Little Britches and Dry Divide) you might prefer the six-volume set that rounds out the collection. Of course, you can always snag the extra books and use them as gifts, introducing friends to this incredible series!

Most of the books are appropriate for Read-Aloud Level 3 - Adult, and Read-Alone Level 4 - Adult, with the exception of The Fields of Home and The Dry Divide. Both books contain thematic elements related to abusive persons which you may find more appropriate for an older audience, around Grade 6 - Adult for Read-Aloud and Grade 7 - Adult for Read-Alone. Rest assured we've put careful thought into promoting this classic collection as part of the Sonlight's "Just Great Books." Each book is emotionally engrossing and can be used to generate positive discussion between you and your family, in turn instilling valuable life lessons your children will cherish.

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The Dry Divide (420-20R)

Ralph is thrown off a freight train in western Nebraska with only a dime in his pocket.

Within hours, however, his entrepreneurial spirit, his sharp judgment of character, his strong convictions about right and wrong, and his commitment to treat animals and people with kindness, bring a large and motley group of people to trust him as their leader and to save them from a man who is cruel and abusive.


The Home Ranch (130-43)

The summer he is 12, Ralph gets a job on a cattle ranch. He bites off quite a bit more than he can chew, however, when he demands to be paid a man's wage to do a man's job. Can he do it? Will he even survive?

Man of the Family (RR76)

The Moody family builds a new life on a Colorado ranch early in the twentieth century. Father has died and Ralph must now shoulder the responsibilities of a man at age 12.

Mary Emma & Company (RR78)

Mom has a strong sense of honor that pushes her to flee Colorado with her family the day after New Years, 1912. This is the story of how the Moody family creates a new life in Medford, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.

The Fields of Home (RR79)

One of the most powerful stories of redemption and reconciliation I have ever read. At 16, Ralph is sent to live with and help his grandfather. But grandfather can't be gotten along with. Absolutely impossible.

Shaking the Nickel Bush (RR80)

Not quite 20, at the end of World War I, Ralph learns he has diabetes. The doctor gives him six months to live. "But if you eat right and get plenty of sunshine, maybe you'll beat my prediction," says the doctor.

Horse of a Different Color (RR82)

Continuing immediately from where The Dry Divide leaves off, Ralph goes into the livestock shipping business and from there, despite some horrible setbacks due to weather and banking crises, into wholesale meat-packing.

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Little Britches (EA08)

Ralph is barely 8 years old when his family moves to Colorado for the sake of Dad's health, and the family tries to make a go of it on the ranch. Classic true story of ranching in Colorado in the early 1900's.

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